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Reed Smith Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people; a bit more work life balance than other firms (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people--the attorneys and the staff are all great folks to work with (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • There is little to no room for advancement (in 7 reviews)

  • Be prepared to work pretty long hours (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Typical law firm environment, incompetent IT team."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Salary was extremely competitive.
    - Great clients and opportunities to network.
    - Many strong practice groups.

    Cons

    - Completely incompetent IT organization.
    - Had to guide help desk through installing word on my computer.
    - Spent literally weeks without a computer working through a personal laptop and a cell phone due to this.
    - Professional staff are either good at their jobs and leave/let go, or bad at their jobs and stay.
    - Company is super old. If you grew up with I Love Lucy you will feel right at home here.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house with IT. I did not encounter a single talented person in the entire department. Get real business intelligence and financial software, stop trying to fix what you have or pretend it will ever be good-- it cannot be fixed and it will never be good.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Court Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Court Clerk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Firm does alot for employees (Holiday party, bagels weekly, early dismissal for holidays, casual fridays)
    Nice co-workers
    Great work environment
    Lawyers very friendly

    Cons

    Raises are realtively low
    Certain members of management have poor attitudes
    Lack of transparency
    Not much room for growth at the firm

  3. "Know what you're getting into"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are polite and nice.

    Cons

    Each group is a fiefdom, each partner even. Politics rule this office.

    Advice to Management

    Any changes have to come from the very top and partners must be clearly told, you have to do xyz or else nobody will do it.


  4. "Great Law Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and people. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Pay scale and bonus structure are very sub par for staff/non management.

    Advice to Management

    Should look at your staff as value added to firm and not as an expense.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere and great people in the Washington, DC office. Great Office Managing Partner.

    Cons

    Low Staff morale. Increase in work load/responsibilities, but no increase in salary.

    Advice to Management

    Consider staff opinions and do more to boast staff morale.


  6. "Legal Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elmer, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elmer, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work and grow. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Numerous restructuring issues within the past few years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wasn't happy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Market pay. Below average bonuses

    Cons

    Very low associate satisfaction in some offices

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Office Services Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Office Services/Facilities Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Office Services/Facilities Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Reed Smith (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture, the people and the benefits.

    Cons

    I dont have any cons to list.


  9. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Reed Smith full-time

    Pros

    Great Firm! Great People!

    Cons

    Salary could be a bit higher


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No checks and balances"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reed Smith full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Run-of-the-mill benefits package and flexible work schedule for women

    Cons

    Zero structure for checks-and-balances; favorites ARE played; zero room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Transparency. Transparency. TRANSPARENCY.


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